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Vestmannaeyjar walking tracks – The 7 best walks on Heimaey

Vestmannaeyjar walking tracks – The 7 best walks on Heimaey

An overview of the 7 best walking tracks around Heimaey, Vestmannaeyjar. With its incredible density of spectacular sights and features, this stunning island just off the south coast is a must-see if you’re visiting Iceland.

Fimmvörðuháls – The fiery pass across Eyjafjallajökull

Fimmvörðuháls – The fiery pass across Eyjafjallajökull

The fiery pass across Eyjafjallajökull into the fabled valley of Þórsmörk, full of big mountains, glaciers with volcanoes underneath, huge river valleys and gorges. The Fimmvörðuháls walking route between Skógar and Þórsmörk, the easy way and the hard way. And: how not to get lost on Útigönguhöfði mountain.

The zen of Stafsnes – The hidden beach

The zen of Stafsnes – The hidden beach

The walking track to Stafsnes, a beautiful hidden beach in a sheltered cove behind the folded cliffs of Blátindur. It’s almost like Hawaii – but without the palm trees. It can be blissfully sheltered, and significantly warmer than the rest of the island. On the way you’ll pass by the little house on the giant plug.

The walking track to Klif – The beacon rock

The walking track to Klif – The beacon rock

The scrambling track to Klif, with ropes down the slope and a beacon of light on the top. You can haul yourself up this stunning cliff along ropes and chains attached to the upper parts. That may sound a bit discouraging, but it’s well worth the effort. There’s also that incredible view of a multitude of jumbled rocks.

The walking track to Blátindur – The dazzling heights of Dalfjall

The walking track to Blátindur – The dazzling heights of Dalfjall

Blátindur is that imposing peak rising up above Herjólfsdalur, beyond the daunting peaks of Dalfjall. It takes a bit of effort to scramble up, but you’ll be rewarded with some truly jaw-dropping views. Including Blátindur casting its mighty shadow majestically into the bowl of Herjólfsdalur, if you go in the afternoon.

The walking track to Herjólfsdalur – The Valley of Magic

The walking track to Herjólfsdalur – The Valley of Magic

Herjólfsdalur is intimidatingly beautiful, whichever angle you look at it. A giant natural amphitheatre, with stupendous rocks rising up on all sides as you enter the valley. The walk along the top ridge is not to be missed. The distraction rate is very high, with a great density of spectacular sights and features.

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